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Learning Principles

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**NOTE: How do these align with the LNSU learning principles? Do redundant LPs need to be eliminated?



First Draft of Full Learning Principles

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1.    Students learn social studies concepts best when the content is relevant to their lives and the world around them. Therefore the teacher will…

  • ·         use information about students’ lives and interests to design instruction;
  • ·         allow for student choice and voice in the classroom;
  • ·         be clear with self and students about the “so what?” or why current classroom focus is relevant;
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 2.    Students learn social studies concepts best when they are actively participating in the inquiry process. Therefore the teacher will…

  • ·         develop, implement, and model an age appropriate inquiry process (connect, wonder, investigate, construct, express and reflect);
  • ·         encourage students to question the world around them;
  • ·         understand that knowledge in history/social studies is constantly evolving and that new information can lead to further understanding of both the past and the present;
  • ·         provide the tools and techniques for students to learn to think as historians, political scientists, geographers, economists, and/ or social scientists;
  • ·         allow students, when appropriate, to come to their own conclusions supported by valid evidence
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3.    Students learn best when they use critical thinking skills to uncover deeper understandings around social studies content. Therefore the teacher will…

  • ·         use various questioning techniques;
  • ·         challenge students existing ideas and assumptions;
  • ·         provide stimuli for discussion;
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4.    Students learn best when using literacy skills to interact with social studies content. Therefore the teacher will…

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  • ·         implement strategies to encourage student access of informational text;
  • ·         encourage students to read widely and critically in order to recognize the difference between fact and conjecture, between evidence and assertion;
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5.    Students learn best when the social studies classroom is interesting and engaging. Therefore the teacher will…

  • ·         ask probing questions that challenge misconceptions and preconceived ideas in a non-judgmental environment;
  • ·         consider different learning styles catering to the multiple intelligences;
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 6.    Students learn best when given the opportunity to share their knowledge and express ideas. Therefore, the teacher…

  • gives students an opportunity to voice preconceived ideas in a non-judgmental environment;
  • provides enough time to allow students to work through / test ideas;
  • encourages students to explain concepts in own words and to justify own ideas;
  • provides students the skills related to civil debate and open dialogue in which sensitive topics and controversial issues can be discussed responsibly;
  • allows students to take academic risks.


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